The Daily Dose/Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Daily Dose/November 21, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
Well, at least that’s over with. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the United States would not pursue punitive actions against Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salam for his role in the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

While other nations will continue to get their shorts in a knot over this, the world is relieved from further worry about what exactly the moral stalwarts running America might do: the answer is nothing.

After Khashoggi’s murder last month President Trump, of course, went on record as saying America certainly did not condone Khashoggi’s murder but it turns out he was just funnin’ us. With this pronouncement, America is doing exactly that, go, kill whomever you want, America won’t care as long as you have oil and buy our weapons. Trump being Trump, he might even admire the crown prince for being able to kill writers with impunity.

The crown prince got away with it. Turkey, the country where Khashoggi was killed, is still, valiantly, going through the motions of trying to get to the bottom of the affair, but even they are frustrated enough to consider referring the matter to the United Nations, the diplomatic equivalent of slipping a note in a bottle and tossing it in the ocean.

The only real question now is who’s next? Who’s the next writer to get executed for having the nerve to say what he or she feels needs to be said?

An anxious world awaits.

Today at the Site
The Diary of a Nobody
The diner in Sparrow’s small town is closed! Sparrow is taking this about as well as can be expected, though The Wife asked if they should sell The Shire and move.

Another clue came when there were no lights on and my heart sank when I saw a note taped to the door…I did keep up some measure of hope because Todd could have merely been announcing he was going to be away for a few days, but no such luck.

The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 11
Coming back strong after a bye week, The NFL Bottom Ten is back, with Arizona back on top, followed Jacksonville, which has lost six straight.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7; lost to Pittsburgh 20-16) – Jaguars owner Shad Khan declares own personal intifada, promising beheadings for coaching staff if they don’t deliver team’s first B-10 title…Jaguars have lost league-best six (6) straight…Next Loss: at Buffalo

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The Thought for the Day
The Thought for the Day will return.

On This Date
In 1980 -Portions of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas – now known as Bally’s – catches fire, killing 78 guests and seven employees, mostly from carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation. The fire was noticed about 7am in a restaurant, though it had been smoldering for a while. It had started in a wall socket in a closed restaurant that had been exempt from mandatory fire sprinkler regulations.

In 1977 – Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears establishes a new record for Most Rushing Yards in a Game, running for 275 yards as the Bears defeat the Minnesota Vikings 10-7. The old record of 273 yards had been established the year before by O.J. Simpson and would be broken on October 22, 2000, by Corey Dillon of Cincinnati, who rushed for 278 yards. The record is now held by Adrian Peterson who rushed for 296 yards for the Minnesota Vikings in a 2007 game and Payton’s mark is now good for fifth on the all-time list.

In 1981 – Olivia Newton-John is at #1 for the fifth and final time on Billboard’s Hot 100 when Physical moves into the top spot from #3. Physical would spend ten weeks at #1, only the second song to do so on Billboard’s Hot 100, though the feat had been equaled or topped on earlier Billboard charts and has since been eclipsed many times. Though reaching the top in 1981, Physical spent most of its chart run in the 1982 reporting period and was Billboard’s biggest song for both 1982 and the entire 1980’s.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The two acts that have had more #1s on Billboard’s country chart than Merle Haggard’s 38 are Conway Twitty (40) and Geroge Strait (44)

Today’s Stumper
What was the first song to spend ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100? – Answer Next Time!

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